With the rise of easily and publicly accessible digital knowledge in recent times, along with the emergence of global calamities, including the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, so is the demand for early scientific research and, particularly, preprints.
To answer the growing need for faster dissemination of scientific research, the scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft and its self-developed publishing platform ARPHA launched ARPHA Preprints. ARPHA Preprints is offered to journals using ARPHA as an opt-in, free of charge service that allows authors to submit a preprint to ARPHA Preprints during the regular submission of an article manuscript. With ARPHA Preprints, all an author needs to do is tick a list of a few check-boxes.
For completing the submission form, authors have to come to a step where they are asked whether they wish to post their pre-review manuscript as a preprint on ARPHA Preprints or not. While the authors click 'yes', ARPHA automatically collates the already uploaded submission files into a single PDF file and displays it to the author. Here, the authors have the option to replace the file with their own if they are not quite happy with the layout, before finalising the article submission process.
At this stage, the manuscript is only one basic screening away from going public on ARPHA Preprints. This check is meant to verify that the submission falls within the journal's scope and does not contain any unethical content. By the time the preprint is online, the article manuscript is under the scrutiny of the reviewers at the journal.
Once posted on ARPHA Preprints, the preprint indicates the journal to which the manuscript has been submitted. As soon as the manuscript is published as an article in the associated journal, the preprint is linked to the formal publication via DOI, while the citation information of the latter is conveniently provided to the readers. If the manuscript is rejected during peer review on this occasion, the preprint is dissociated from the journal to avoid potential issues with future resubmissions.
To further expedite and facilitate scientific research and collaboration, posted preprints are open to comments, both public and private.
Upon publication, preprints are registered with CrossRef and assigned with their own DOI to ensure scientific record and permanent availability. To further ensure the preprints are findable and easy to cite, they are automatically indexed by several key indexing services that cover preprints.
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